Friday, March 17, 2017

Tweet bomb Louisville rally

[If you want to send a tweet before reading below, click HERE ]

President Trump is unique in not having been an elected politician previously and not having come from the military.

In the election campaign, as President-Elect, and as President for two months, he has conducted himself in ways that are outside the norm for politicians. Not changing his ways as President is becoming disturbing for many Americans, because his conduct seems threatening to undermine the Presidential office and impair the country's governance.

This is for consideration by Congress. Given how President Trump's conduct is outside the norm, Congress needs to debate whether the Presidential office is being undermined and whether the country's governance is being impaired. If so, at a minimum, Congress should adopt a formal resolution of censure of President Trump's conduct.

Here are ways in which President Trump's conduct are outside the norm, and which need to be considered by Congress:

1. Government officials are subject to "conflicts of interest" rules, because of important policies underlying representative government. President Trump is taking the position that the exemption of the President in the "conflicts of interest" statute means he can do whatever he wants with his businesses, and he can act in a way contrary to the important policy served by "conflict of interest" rules. Congress needs to decide whether President Trump is entitled to operate outside the norm of those rules. and if not, Congress needs to delve into President Trump's myriad conflicts of interest and pass a resolution censuring President Trump for wrongful conduct as Congress deems appropriate in the circumstances. This would cover determining whether "pay to play" corruption, such as candidate Trump crucified the Clintons for in the election, has been or will be fostered.

2. President Trump is outside the norm in the way he speaks with disregard of "truth" and "facts" and his constant use of hyperbole that is grossly inaccurate.  Most people do not understand why President Trump does this. Good communication is important for conducting the Presidency, and Congress needs to consider whether President Trump is so far outside the norm that it is impairing President Trump in executing his office, including by losing the trust of the American people. 

3. President Trump's gratuitous, insulting, hyperbolic, and vitriolic verbal attacks on individual persons, on organizations and institutions, and even on foreign countries and officials are excessive in the extreme. These attacks exacerbate divisions in the country and can adversely affect foreign relations. Congress needs to decide whether President Trump is so far out of bounds that Congress needs to tell him to stop it.

4. Politicians are known to lie, be hypocritical, and have double standards, but politicians generally seek to minimize this happening, they squirm and sweat when they are called out, and there is ultimately some constraint over them. President Trump, however, is outside the norm in the outrageous brazen extremes of his lying, hypocrisy and double standards, he does not squirm or sweat, and he gives the impression that everything he does is perfectly ok. If President Trump is incapable of recognizing some things he does are wrong, and he thinks only other people are wrong, Congress needs to decide whether it should formally tell President Trump otherwise.

5. President Trump's lack of self control and impulsiveness are outside the norm for Presidents. This could cause serious problems, and Congress needs to decide whether it should call this to the attention of President Trump.

6. President Trump is evidencing an autocratic and authoritarian mode of governing that is outside the norm (such as his implementing his America First policy by directly contacting companies). This may improperly transgress the proper separation of powers. Congress needs to consider the same and tell President Trump what Congress thinks.

7. In the election, candidate Trump publicly asked the Russians to interfere in a way to help him get elected. Although he was not President at the time, Congress needs to decide whether asking the Russians to interfere was a sufficiently wrongful act that President Trump should be censured for it now. (See Smartest colluders.)

President Trump is 70 years old. He may be fixated in old ways from his business career, and these ways may be very bad for the Presidency and impair the country's governance. His aides appear unable to tell President Trump that he is doing anything wrong, and the country is witnessing the spectacle of his aides having to defend the indefensible of President Trump's conduct. When the press tries to point out wrong things President Trump does, he just says "fake news" and press "totally dishonest." This all begs for Congress to consider President Trump's conduct in a formal way and for Congress to speak up.


If you agree that Congress should censure President Trump's conduct, use Monday's Lousville rally to send a tweet which asks Congress to censure President Trump, which uses the hashtag #louisvillerally, and which has a link to this webpage The following is a suggested tweet to send:
Tweet at President Trump's #LouisvilleRally Monday for Congress to censure him.
You can send such a tweet by copying and pasting the above and using your "Tweet" button in your Twitter account, or you can automatically generate the tweet by clicking HERE  If you automatically generate the tweet, it will not be sent until you click "send."

Feel free to compose your own tweet to send. If you compose your own tweet, please include the hashtag #louisvillerally, and also a link to this webpage .

Next, after you send your tweet, share a link to this webpage in your standard way of sharing.

If you want to go beyond your standard way of sharing, use follower lists of Louisville and other Kentucky follower lists, such as

and send individual tweets to the followers on the list, which tweets say:
Join in tweeting at President Trump's Louisville rally for Congress to censure him.
You can send tweets very efficiently, at least on a laptop computer. Get the tweet message on your mouse clipboard, go to the follower list  you are using for your tweeting, start with the first person on the list you want to tweet to, and do this:
1. Right click on person's Twitter name.
2. Choose "open in new tab"
3. Go to the new tab.
4. Click on the "Tweet to" button.
5. Paste the tweet message in the box.
6. Hit the "Tweet" button.
7. Close the tab, which takes you back to the list
8. Go on to next person, and repeat above steps.
You should be able to send 35 to 70 tweets in a half hour. Send as many tweets as you are willing to. Don't worry about any duplication that you think may arise.

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